February 20, 2019


I looked and it's been a whole year since I've shared a casual update on what I have been up to.
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I love reading other's currently posts, so today we're talking about what's new in my world. I hope you'll share something about you in the comments.

Reading: My latest insurance book about businesses processes as a whole in the transaction of insurance, thrilling stuff guys! Education is great, and I feel empowered to have the opportunity to keep learning- seriously. When I'm not studying on my lunch or in other free time, my latest pick-ups from the library are: Far From The Tree, and this other cute book Confessions of a Domestic Failure, which was recommended by Biana!

Eating: I've become obsessed with banana chips as a snack and I discovered that they're at Dollar Tree which is even worse. Bring on allllll the banana, HA!

Wondering: If you happened to read my post from Monday about my thoughts on the recent blogging world. I step on the soapbox for a few, but I think it's important to share my candid reactions to things I read and see. 

Watching: Too much TV, but late nights and on the weekends when it's too cold to do anything else....besides laundry, dust, clean out closets, etc, etc.... ;) Some recent things we have checked out on Netflix: You, (please do yourself the favor & read the book too- I read it back in 2016 and reviewed it here ), also The Fyre Festival, Abducted In Plain Sight, and the comedian Michael Che.

Wishing: For warmer weather, I know it's Winter and I live in the snow capital Erie, Pa...but some consistent milder temperatures would be WONDERFUL. It's so refreshing to see the sunshine, not deal with wind or ice...calling Spring please!

Taking: Pictures for Poshmark. I've made a few purchases on Poshmark in the past, but have never attempted selling anything. I took a ton of pictures on Sunday and spent time listing them that evening and in to Monday. Who knows how it will go, but I thought it was worth a try! I have some great pieces only worn a few times and even some of Bella's things listed- and baby clothes are ultra cute! You can check out my closet HERE :)

Purchasing: I purchased a sample of  Moody Sisters foundation after reading about their brand on Lindsay's blog. Moody Sisters Skincare is all about finding healthier alternatives that are more natural than the chemicals found in makeup and skincare that we typically buy. I'm excited to try it out after e-mailing them a picture of my skin in natural light without makeup...they quickly responded with which shade they thought would be best. I also purchased three products from The Ordinary after reading about Nadine's great results with it and so far am really enjoying what I have tried. I have a few more things in my cart and after using them for a while I will share an update!

Thankful For: Despite the cold weather, I'm super thankful for the options we have to keep entertained indoors. We have visited the Children's Museum in town a few times thanks to the membership we have, and now that Bella is mobile she can do so much more! During a recent day off from work and school we took the kids to the Cleveland Aquarium and lunch at PF Chang's. We love their food and don't have one locally- Bella loved playing with the chopsticks and coloring for the first time at a restaurant. The aquarium was really cool and we got to see some divers that were in the shark tank and they signed to Bella. One was asking us how old she was, as she just had a baby 7 months ago- a guide was translating to us what she was asking and it was really awesome how they interacted with visitors! Ethan and I went bowling one night and had a bunch of fun, especially watching his antics. Totally thankful for fun indoor activities this time of the year!

That's about all that's new this way- tell me what you've been reading or watching or doing this Winter. Hope you're all having a wonderful week! XO!

February 18, 2019

My Thoughts On The Current Blogging Scene

I'm warning you now, this is heavy for a Monday. 
Photo by STIL on Unsplash's something that has been on my mind for a while. Especially as I've seen more and more bloggers "coming back". It's sad that they felt the need that they had to leave the blogging world at all, but I get it. It's different these days, the pressure is on you. I touched on it when I wrote about what happens when we start comparing ourselves.

If you're rocking 3 different color Gucci bags and have 15 pairs of Louboutin's you rotate on a weekly basis I DO NOT believe you are also buying your sweaters at Wal-Mart. The influx of sponsored content from this well known retailer blows my mind. I don't believe for one second these ladies are even stepping foot in Wal-Mart, let alone homing their latest fashion post there. THIS is what is wrong with blogging these days.

Instagram bloggers are not bloggers. Just because you post on Instagram three times a day, does not make you a blogger. Bloggers have websites, and share things from fashion, to recipes, to heck- even things that are on their mind aside from pretty pictures. Classifying these people as bloggers is a disappointment to those of us who maintain a website- an actual blog. 

Not showing respect for the followers that got you to where you are today really makes me mad. I get it, you have a blog and you want to direct people there in order to view the products you are taking time to link. You make money from those links, and you don't want to work for free. I don't either. There is a way to politely direct people to your blog, or heck...I think the better thing to do would be not answer them at all if your only option is to be rude. 

You can't all love Tula products that much. I finally had given in to the hype and decided to try a few. I used them religiously for three weeks straight and actually disliked the way my skin felt. No major changes, no disappearing under-eye circles and certainly no unicorns flying overhead. Don't tell me Tula rules all, please don't.

There's hundreds of thousands of us bloggers who have seen a shift in the blogging world. It doesn't matter if you can create a community and actively engage with them on a consistent basis while staying true to yourself and your brand as much as it seems to matter that you have 40,000 followers on Instagram. It's sad and somewhat disgruntling to those who put in work to keep a blog running and post to Instagram consistently, and drive our links on Pinterest back to our blog, and update our disclosure statements, and answer comments, and still do what we love at the end of the day. So this is why I get frustrated when these women on Instagram flying off to a new city each week and posing with their Starbucks in their size XXS Spanx leggings get the admiration that they do. This is not bashing anyone who's fit enough to wear XXS leggings, so please understand that.This is what people associate with a blogger these days, and it's just not real. It's not real life, it's not admirable and it's certainly not what I consider a role model. I miss the old blogging days, where you showed up just to read words. You didn't have to have pretty pictures all the time and you were simply interested in what someone had to say. 

So please believe that when I thank you for your support, tell you I appreciate you reading my blog, when I respond to your comments (sometimes yes, weeks late) and thank you for clicking on any affiliate links I use I really, really do mean it. This blogging world isn't easy. That doesn't mean that I'm just complaining- because I realize I've done a good amount in this post today. I absolutely adore the women that I have met through blogging. Chuck teases me at times that they're my Internet friends...but he knows that our bond is special. I love the people I meet through reaching out on an Instagram post, those that say I've helped them by sharing about my pregnancy, and the love list could go on and on. I'm truly thankful for this community of people that I've worked with, met in person, talked to- whether it's through e-mail or Twitter, bounced ideas off of, learned from and connected with. I've vowed to remain true to my roots and remind myself often that this is a hobby-one I love and enjoy, but I also want to honestly admit that it's still hard at times when you look around.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the blogging scene- even if you're not a blogger!

Thanks for taking the time to read what's on my mind today, I am now stepping off my soapbox ;) Have a great week!
February 15, 2019

My Favorite Budget Friendly Statement Earrings

My favorite accessory hands down- earrings! So many people know my love of big earrings and today I wanted to share some of my favorite statement earrings I have come across lately.
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The majority of my collection I have had for years. One of my proudest shopping moments is the pair I most often get complimented on, and the fact that they were $2!!! This round-up is budget friendly, a mix of classic and trendy and fun. I don't like to spend much on trendy ones, but...if they are something that I can see myself wearing for years but only on vacation, or with a certain few pieces in my closet I will definitely buy them since I wear earrings so much. There are affiliate links in this post. 

These palm tree earrings are somewhat trendy, but palm trees NEVER get old. These are perfect for a beach vacation down South!

I love tortoise and these tortoise drop earrings are fabulous. Classy and fun all at the same time!

A few pairs of textured leaf earrings have made their way to my collection, and I feel that they don't get old. They bring some excitement to a neutral outfit and can also be the muted accessory if you're going for a bold look.

The multi-tassel earrings have been on trend for a few years, and I love these for a fun pop in the Summer. There are a bunch of colors of this particular pair, the black and white are really cute too!

These beaded hoop earrings are another great piece because they're classy and fab at once. A great twist on a classic.

You always need a pair of hoops in your rotation. These embellished hoops add a little something extra!

I love beaded earrings- there's something about them that just really makes a statement. These beaded fringe earrings are such a stunning color and so unique. 

It doesn't get any prettier with these mixed sequin crystal earrings. The colors, the pretty! They're not something you could wear every day, but imagine the possibilities with these beauties.

So unique- these fabric wrapped hoop earrings are very glam and like nothing I've ever seen. BP always comes out with great things!

These long neutral earrings from H&M would go with SO much. They're a statement earring and dainty all in one. 

You could wear these rose gold metal earrings year round and that's what I love about rose gold. It's wonderful in so many ways and with so many pieces. 

I have these lucite hoop earrings in pink and they are a great color and exciting twist on the classic hoop. 

These tortoise resin drop earrings are another recent purchase. I'm so happy I picked these up on sale after the holidays- they are the cutest accessory...especially this week!

Do you like statement earrings? What's your favorite accessory?

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